“Stories of Our Town” Documentary Series – Indigenous Histories & Joseph Lycett

Last week Tony and I were invited by Richard Neville (Mitchell Librarian, Director Engagement) to the vault at the Mitchell Library to film and talk about 3 extraordinary artifacts associated with Newcastle’s history. Firstly, Macquarie’s Chest, one of two commissioned by Commander Wallis in 1819 to curry favour with Govenor Macquarie, such a gorgeous and … More “Stories of Our Town” Documentary Series – Indigenous Histories & Joseph Lycett

Congratulations Toll Cottage listed on State Heritage Register (SHR)

We are pleased to advise that historic Toll Cottage (formerly Rose Cottage) 51 Bolton St, Newcastle has been listed on the State Heritage Register (SHR no: 2032) The item was listed due to its heritage significance to the people of Newcastle. After so many years and so much analysis, research and negotiation to have Toll … More Congratulations Toll Cottage listed on State Heritage Register (SHR)

“Stories of Our Town” Newcastle Documentary Series – Scott Sister’s of Ash Island

By Glenn Dormand Visit storiesofourtown.com This week Tony and I were all over the place working on 3 films at once. We filmed drones on Ash Island, interviewed an Aboriginal Linguist in Lake Munmorah, a Heritage Architect at Toronto as well as a full afternoon at the University of Newcastle’s School of Creative Industries at … More “Stories of Our Town” Newcastle Documentary Series – Scott Sister’s of Ash Island

Raymond Terrace resources- Historical Consciousness, Public Memory, and Nation Building

On 13 January 2020 UON students from EDUC4809: Historical Consciousness, Public Memory, and Nation Building class participated in a seminar at GLAMx Lab at the Auchmuty Library. Cultural collections staff provided information about the GLAM sector, digitisation and digital platforms, and other online sources and historical research tips. Sources associated with Raymond Terrace were examined … More Raymond Terrace resources- Historical Consciousness, Public Memory, and Nation Building

“Dawn in the Valley” Author Walter Allan Wood Research Papers

Walter Allan Wood was the author of Dawn in the Valley The Early History of the Hunter Valley Settlement, the seminal work on the history of the Hunter Valley published in 1972. In 2009 The University of Newcastle Archives in Cultural Collections took custody of Wood’s personal papers. It was a condition of Wood’s will … More “Dawn in the Valley” Author Walter Allan Wood Research Papers

“Black Swans” – an engraving by Capt. James Wallis, 1818

  Introduction As part of the COVID19 lock down during April 2020, a challenge was published through the Hunter Living Histories Twitter feed to identify the possible location of an engraving of two black swans at Reed’s Mistake, (now Swansea) that were published two hundred years ago 1820, but captured sometime around 1818 as part … More “Black Swans” – an engraving by Capt. James Wallis, 1818

Preserving a Local Collection of Early 1900s Postcards – The Allan Project

A 1914-1915(?) French postcard warning “They are coming, they are coming… Cossacks to Berlin!!!” Preserving a collection of  Early 1900s postcards Report 1, Jan 2020 Dr. Amir Moghadam Zane Metcalfe Project Significance Historical Background Emergence of the global postal system during the 19th century opened up new possibilities for communication among people as a result … More Preserving a Local Collection of Early 1900s Postcards – The Allan Project

The Bank of Newcastle The First “Country Bank” in Australia

  Mr Ian Bowrey has brought to our attention the auction of an original banknote issued in 1828 by the Bank of Newcastle as reported the the Topics column of the Newcastle Herald (12/12/19). The auction is being held by Smalls Auctions, Paddington, Sydney, commencing 12 noon on Sunday 15 December 2019. The starting bid … More The Bank of Newcastle The First “Country Bank” in Australia

The Ross Edmonds Cabinet Card Collection

These images are scans of a collection of cabinet cards (also known as post cards) from Ross Edmonds of Newcastle, New South Wales. The collection was loaned to Cultural Collections for digitisation in September 2019. We thank Ross Edmonds for allowing us to share his collection with the wider community. The post card collection contains … More The Ross Edmonds Cabinet Card Collection